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Samantha Ortega

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WESTAF COVID-19 Update

David Holland, Director of Public Policy  Updated periodically since March 20, 2020 Last Update: August 19, 2020 General Trends, Resources, and Data Across the West and the Nation The number of currently confirmed novel coronavirus cases in the region ranges from over 600,000 in California to under 10,000 in Alaska, Hawai’i, Montana, and Wyoming based on data collected on August 19, 2020. For public health information about COVID-19 in your state and nationally, please visit the following health agency websites. Alaska (4,438) Arizona (195,557) California (638,831) Colorado (53,901) Hawai’i (5,349) Idaho (28,696) Montana (5,956) Nevada (63,028) New Mexico (23,749) Oregon…
Samantha Ortega
March 3, 2020

WESTAF Update Notes #107 | January 2020

This is the 107th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF.   PAA Announces Collection-Specific Interactive Maps The Public Art Archive™ (PAA) recently launched a new interactive mapping feature for public art collections. Collection Maps make engaging with public art easier than ever by giving visitors the ability to visualize public art collections on an interactive map, navigate to specific works of art, and discover artwork details. The feature replaces the need for development of costly websites and apps that drain time and resources on public art organizations. This latest addition to PAA’s suite of products and…
Samantha Ortega
January 22, 2020

WESTAF Update Notes #106 | November 2019

This is the 106th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF.   WESTAF Board of Trustees Meet in Denver  Members of WESTAF’s board of trustees met October 23-24 in Denver. The meeting opened with a dinner at the historic Brown Palace Hotel that all WESTAF staff were invited to attend in order to build and deepen authentic relationships between trustees and staff. The meeting also included a gallery session, a “science fair”-style gathering designed to strengthen trustee and staff connections as we move ahead with our 10-year strategic plan. During the hour-long session, trustees visited six…
Samantha Ortega
November 18, 2019

WESTAF Update Notes #105 | September 2019

This is the 105th in a continuing series of updates about the work of WESTAF.   2019 Emerging Leaders of Color Program  WESTAF’s ninth Emerging Leaders of Color (ELC) program will take place October 7-9 in Denver. WESTAF will host 15 ELC alumni for this year's convening. Alumni participants include: Christy NaMee Eriksen (Alaska), Yvonne Montoya (Arizona), Abraham Flores (California), Laili Gohartaj (California), Mariana Moscoso (California), Alexandria Jimenez (Colorado), Julz Bolinayen Ignacio (Washington/Hawai‘i), Anastacio Del Real (Nevada), Michelle Patrick (Nevada), Sandra Margarita Ward (Nevada), Gabrielle Uballez (New Mexico), Candace Kita (Oregon), Humberto Marquez Mendez (Oregon), Renato Olmedo-González (Utah), and Moana…
Samantha Ortega
November 12, 2019
Convenings

WESTAF Board of Trustees Meeting – Denver, October 2019

Members of WESTAF’s board of trustees met October 23-24 in Denver. The meeting opened with a dinner at the historic Brown Palace Hotel that all WESTAF staff were invited to attend in order to build and deepen authentic relationships between trustees and staff. The meeting also included a gallery session, a “science fair”-style gathering designed to strengthen trustee and staff connections as we move ahead with our 10-year strategic plan. During the hour-long session, trustees visited six separate tables representing WESTAF’s departments and divisions, where they learned about each team’s work priorities in a fun and friendly way. Another unique element…
Samantha Ortega
November 8, 2019
Board of Trustees Bi-Weekly Recap

Bi-Weekly Recap: September 23, 2019

Dear WESTAF Trustees:   As we head into the Fall (OMG! Really?), we’ve been hard at work at WESTAF, with a variety of initiatives on the horizon and coming right up. Thank you for your continuing leadership and support as a WESTAF trustee! Here we go:   NASAA LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE David Holland and I just returned from the NASAA Leadership Institute in Providence, RI. This was the smaller and more intimate conference presented by NASAA in alternate years. It was a useful opportunity to catch up in person with WESTAF EDs (at the conference were Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana,…
Samantha Ortega
September 24, 2019
Board of Trustees Bi-Weekly Recap

Bi-Weekly Recap: September 9, 2019

Dear Trustees:   Really fun and productive few weeks, including a remarkable trip to the Black Rock playa of NW Nevada (more on this below) and great progress on a variety of important fronts! Read on . . .   WESTAF AT WAA Chrissy and Seyan attended the Western Arts Alliance's annual conference August 27-29 in Los Angeles. As a longtime partner in WESTAF's regional touring program, it was a rich learning opportunity for Chrissy, who is gradually assuming responsibility of WESTAF's TourWest program and key relationships with leaders in the touring and presenting field. (TourWest is our competitive grant program…
Samantha Ortega
September 10, 2019
Board of Trustees Bi-Weekly Recap

Bi-Weekly Recap: August 26, 2019

Dear Trustees:   Just a brief bi-weekly follows (although still choc-a-bloc with helpful updates!):   ALASKA In case you missed it — here’s a recap of the tumultuous week: We recently shared with you the disheartening news that Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy line-item vetoed a bipartisan budget package put forth by the Alaska legislature, which eliminated all FY20 funding for the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA). We are now delighted to report that full funding for ASCA has been restored! As NASAA recently reported, after Governor Dunleavy’s line-item veto of 182 items, including all funds for ASCA, the…
Samantha Ortega
August 26, 2019
Board of Trustees Bi-Weekly Recap

Bi-Weekly Recap: August 9, 2019

Dear WESTAF trustees: Usually, this bi-weekly recap finds its way to you on Mondays, but I’m getting a bit of jump on it this week, and no shortage of activity on the WESTAF front! More information coming at ya! Questions? By all means reach out! Here we go:   SNEAK PREVIEW OF OCTOBER BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING IN DENVER Plans for our October 23 - 24 trustees meeting are coming together. We should have a hotel and meeting location to announce soon! It’s going to be a jam-packed few days, with planned encounters between trustees and staff (at cocktails and…
Samantha Ortega
August 13, 2019
NewsPolicyStaffUpdates

Director of Public Policy

WESTAF Welcomes David Holland as Director of Public Policy David Holland will join WESTAF later in August 2019 as director of public policy, a new role that will guide WESTAF’s public policy and arts advocacy programs and services. Holland previously served as associate director of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston, a chapter of Americans for the Arts. Prior roles include management positions with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) da Vinci Center for Innovation, VCU School of the Arts, Arts & Business, and the UK innovation think tank Nesta. Holland began his career with BOP Consulting, a global consulting firm…
Samantha Ortega
August 2, 2019